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Eric Moreland

So, you probably already knew this, but the end is nigh for Eric Moreland as a Toronto Raptor.

Moreland was only signed to a 10-day contract as an insurance policy for Serge Ibaka, who punched his way into a three-game suspension.

That meant that there was an opportunity to impress in a small timeframe, with Moreland earning another look with the team after playing in three preseason games for the Raptors before getting cut.

The expectations weren’t exactly high for Moreland, who already signed a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns earlier in the season, but only played five minutes in one game before leaving the team.

Therefore, no one should really be surprised that his two biggest moments for the Raptors were giving up three fouls in two minutes against the New York Knicks and being posterized by Andre Drummond in the loss to the Detroit Pistons.

If Moreland did give the Raptors anything during his short stint it was rebounding. He averaged four rebounds per game in his three games played, with another five-rebound performance against the Knicks on Monday night.

If you want to, you can also credit Moreland with never missing a three-pointer as a Toronto Raptor, making his sole trey against the Detroit Pistons, his former team.

Against the Knicks, Moreland finished with zero points but did hand out four assists. There’s still a place for Eric Moreland in the NBA, he’s a great rebounder and can still be a marginally good defender. Teams always need rebounding help, and had Serge Ibaka been out for a lot longer we might have seen a little bit more of Moreland, we still might.

But it’s likely that this is the end, Moreland didn’t feature against the Thunder on Wednesday night.

Eric Moreland, we hardly knew thee.